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Bryce Cregan returns to Pitt as men’s soccer assistant coach

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Men’s soccer Head Coach Jay Vidovich announced the addition of Bryce Cregan to the coaching staff today.

A Pitt alum who graduated in the spring of 2017, Cregan makes his way back to Oakland after a stint as assistant coach at San Diego State University last season. Prior to San Diego State, Cregan was a volunteer assistant coach under Vidovich and the team from 2018 to the spring of 2021.

Cregan replaces Rich Costanzo, who left to take the Head Coaching position at George Mason earlier this year.

He was instrumental in guiding Pitt to its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1965 in 2019 and was a part of the historic 2020 College Cup run.

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to work with Bryce once again,” said Vidovich. “Bryce is passionate about the game, loves Pitt and understands what we want our culture to look like and he will play a big part in the future success of our program.”

As a player for the Panthers, the two-time letter winner appeared and started in all 32 games played and totaled eight shots, three shots on goal and 2,852 minutes. He played his first two collegiate seasons at Akron before transferring to Pitt prior to the 2016 season.

Born in Dallastown, Pa., Cregan attended Dallastown Area High School where he was a four-star recruit and the No. 2-rated prospect out of the state of Pennsylvania according to TopDrawerSoccer.com.

The Panthers are coming off their second-straight ACC Coastal division title and second-straight Elite Eight appearance in 2021. Pitt returns five All-ACC players a year after scoring 52 goals and tallying a program best 63 assists.

John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets. He is also author of 'Miracle on the Mon' -- a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative leading up to and centered around a remarkable match that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has served as color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches held in the US. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

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